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Whac-A-Mole policies toward homelessness are cruel and ineffective


August 28, 2019

Shari L. Gross •

A large sculpture in downtown Minneapolis has been closed off by barricades for a second time this summer because it has become an encampment for the homeless.

There's a new game in town called Homeless Whac-A-Mole. In the traditional model of the game, the term is used colloquially to denote a repetitious and futile task. The object of the game is to force the moles back into their holes by hitting them directly on the head. The more quickly this is done, the higher the final score will be.

Having worked for many years with people who are homeless and the people who help, I tend to believe that it's not that most of the public wants people to suffer, it's that they don't know how bad they are suffering or that they don't realize the resources "available" are full.


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